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Posted by Axios staff writer A growing trend among timber processing companies is to replace employees with cheaper foreign labor.
But why are so many companies going the cheap route?
Here’s what you need to know about the outsourcing of labor in the timber industry.1.
The cost of doing business: According to a new report from the University of Oregon, U.S. companies employing more than 1,200 U.s. workers paid an average of $13,927 per worker, which is slightly more than the average annual salary for a person in the U.K.2.
How is this done?
Many companies are outsourcing the labor of thousands of people, a practice called temporary foreign workers, or TFW.
A TFW worker is a worker who’s hired for a temporary assignment in a country other than their home country.
TFWs are typically employed on projects where workers are typically not paid a living wage, such as in construction.
Workers are paid between $3 and $4 per hour, depending on the work done, and some of them may also receive benefits, such to food stamps.3.
The pay scale: In some cases, companies are paying workers in the hundreds of dollars per hour to perform tasks, such in harvesting timber.
Workers typically receive between $7 and $8 per hour for their work.
In some situations, such workers may be paid more than $10 per hour.4.
What are the labor costs?
According to the report, these include:• $6,500 to $12,000 in transportation costs• $2,600 to $5,800 in transportation and storage costs• Approximately $6.8 million in transportation fees• $9,200 to $13.5 million in labor and food expensesThe labor costs can be significant, and the workers often have to travel hundreds of miles for a project that takes up to two weeks to complete.
The report also found that companies are often paying contractors more for labor than they are paid for the project itself.
A contractor is typically paid a salary for the job the worker is performing, plus commission.
However, the labor that the contractor is paid for includes the time spent by the contractor to complete the project.
In some cases that commission can add up to hundreds of thousands dollars.
In 2015, a Texas contractor paid $4.5.
million to a Texas union representing TFW workers.5 of 6 states that allow TFW employmentThe U.N. Convention on Trade in Services estimates that about 12 million people are working in the labor market.
However the U,S.
Department of Labor estimates that between 11 and 25 million workers are working on projects in the United States, according to the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division.
That means there are approximately 20 million TFW laborers in the country, working for companies that are either directly involved in logging, forestry, or construction.
According to Labor Department statistics, there are more than 400,000 workers employed by the timber and mining industries in the entire country.
According the Labor department, between 2.6 and 5.6 million U. s. workers are employed in the logging and mining industry, as opposed to just 1.4 million in forestry and mining.
The industry employs some 8 million U,s.
residents and approximately 20.3 million U.,s.
The industry employs more than half of the American labor force.6.
How many workers are there?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that in 2015, about 2.4 percent of the workforce in the forestry and logging industry were TFW and they had an average hourly wage of $7.50, or $5.00 per hourThe Bureau of Labour Statistics says about 2 million workers in 2016 were employed in logging and logging related occupations, which the bureau defines as:• “Inspection and removal” (includes clearing, grading, grading and grading equipment, timber, timber processing, logging, lumber processing, or other related activities)• “Facilities, materials and equipment” (including, but not limited to, tools, machinery, transportation equipment, and tools, materials, equipment, supplies, services, or facilities)• or “Settlement and transportation” (as defined by the Forestry Service)• and “Logging and related industries” (also includes logging and related occupations in the construction industry, logging and forestry, logging operations, timber products, timber grading, and other related industries).
The bureau defines “Facility, materials or equipment” as “anything that is used in or related to the production or sale of timber products.”